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You’d be mistaken to think that the Netherlands is all windmills, tulips and canals (although there are plenty of those to enjoy!). Holland is an increasingly popular destination for international students, boasting a historic higher education system, great quality of life and affordable tuition fees.
What’s more, the Netherlands punches well above its weight in international rankings for a country of only 17 million people, with a clutch of world-class universities featuring in the three major league tables.
On this page we’ve summarised the results for Dutch universities in 2019.
The following table lists the best 13 universities in Holland in 2020, according to global rankings.
Each ranking system uses its own methodology, with different factors having more or less influence on a university's result.
For more information on using international rankings as a postgraduate, see our guide.
|University||THE 2020||QS 2020||ARWU 2019|
|Wageningen University & Research||59||125||151-200|
|University of Amsterdam||=62||64||101-150|
|Delft University of Technology||=67||50||151-200|
|Erasmus University Rotterdam||69||183||68|
|University of Groningen||73||114||65|
|Radboud University Nijmegen||=128||=217||1101-1500|
|Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam||138||=219||-|
|Eindhoven University of Technology||=186||102||301-400|
|University of Twente||201-250||=186||401-500|
|Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.|
International rankings use all sorts of metrics to assess universities and they aren't all equally relevant to postgraduate study. That's why we've put together a guide to university rankings for Masters students.
There are seven Dutch universities in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education rankings, placing Holland on a par with nations outside the traditional academic powerhouses of the USA and the UK.
In fact, the Netherlands is the country with the fourth most institutions in the top 100 of this ranking (after America, the UK and Germany), an extremely impressive achievement for a comparatively small place.
Of course, rankings aren’t everything, but the fact that the Netherlands performs so well by these methodologies is evidence of the strength of its universities and their ability to go toe-to-toe with institutions across the world.
If you've already decided that you want to study in the Netherlands, it could be worth looking at a domestic ranking system such as the Keuzegids.
By only comparing universities from the Netherlands, these rankings offer a more consistent view of the differences between a nation's academic institutions than an international league table might do. Most significantly, the Keuzegids features postgraduate leagues for specific Masters subjects.
However, be aware that you'll probably need to brush up on your Nederlands if you opt for the Keuzegids, as it's not written in English (you'll also have to pay for access to the rankings).
Ready to start looking for your ideal study abroad opportunity? Browse and compare Masters degrees in the Netherlands on FindAMasters.com
Last updated 30/09/2019